Migrant crisis

Serbia: Stop Paying Balkan Refugees

Aleksandar Vucic wants Serbia to become a member of the European Union.
  • Why it matters

    Why it matters

    Serbia is in the middle of the transit route of refugees fleeing from Syria, and is also home to many economic migrants heading to Western Europe.

  • Facts


    • Germany is expecting 800,000 asylum applications in 2015, with many of them traveling through Serbia.
    • About 45 percent of new arrivals in Germany this year will come from the western Balkans.
    • Germany has declared the Balkan nations of Serbia, Bosnia and Macedonia as “safe,” making asylum claims more difficult.
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Aleksandar Vucic is not someone who beats around the bush – and certainly not when it comes to the refugee problem afflicting Serbia. The country sits on the transit route of refugees and migrants from the Middle East and Balkans to Western Europe, and has been overwhelmed by the recent influx, especially from neighboring Macedonia.

The prime minister, who once served as a propaganda minister under former Serbian dictator Slobodan Miloševic, hopes his country will one day join the European Union, but in the meantime is calling on it to share the burden of the worsening humanitarian crisis.


Handelsblatt: Mr. Vucic, Macedonia has opened its border with Serbia to migrants. What is the situation of the thousands of refugees in your country?

Aleksandar Vucic: We are reacting earnestly and responsibly. We are treating the refugees well. We are doing our best. The migrants are satisfied with their treatment in Serbia. Up to now, there has only been one incident. But we can’t solve the problem.

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